In which state in the contiguous US (so not Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico etc) are you the farthest from another state?

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    Is there a point to these trivia questions? And is Puerto Rico excepted from the distance from Key West, Florida? Commented May 26 at 20:56
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    @d-b the problem is that sometimes it means crossing to the next state over, sometimes it means crossing multiple state lines until you finally reach a “safe” state. Can you clarify if you mean “a state where there is a point furthest from any other state” (as in Tor-Einar Jarnbjo’s answer), “a state pair with the longest distance separating them”, “a state where the average distance to any other state is the largest”, or something else?
    – jcaron
    Commented May 26 at 22:10
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    Can you please engage with the comments to your previous question before dropping another ill-defined trivia question?
    – Relaxed
    Commented May 27 at 6:01
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    @d-b, it may be clear to you, but I do not understand what you mean by longest away from, in your Europe question even more than in this one, but is it travel time and if so by which means. Is it from the center most point in each State to any point in a near state, is it also including islands belonging to that state and/or any other?
    – Willeke
    Commented May 27 at 7:07
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    Voted to reopen, 100% clear to me, and trivia questions are on topic. Commented May 27 at 17:10

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Just by looking at the map, I am pretty sure that the answer is Key West in Florida. From there, the closest other state is Georgia, about 650km away, at the border between Florida and Georgia just north of Macclenny.

Other promising candidates could have been Texas and Montana, but all locations in those two states are closer to a state border than 650km.

  • I guess that depends on how you define "contiguous". Key West is not connected to the US mainland by land, only by bridges...
    – Doc
    Commented May 27 at 1:10
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    @Doc As of 2024, "contiguous US" is usually understood to mean the entirety of the 48 US states excluding Alaska and Hawaii. This appears to be how Wikipedia defines it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – huanglx
    Commented May 27 at 2:07

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